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MONTREAL, JANUARY 22, 2001– For the 12th consecutive year McGill University will host the Greater Montreal Athletic Association (GMAA) Mini Basketball Jamboree. It will take place at the Sir Arthur Currie Gymnasium (475 Pine Avenue West) on Thursday January 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. featuring 453 male and female Grade 6 students.

Nine of the 15 elementary schools participating are from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB): Carlyle and Dunrae Gardens in Town of Mount Royal, Coronation in Côte des Neiges, Cedarcrest in Saint-Laurent, Edinburgh in Montreal West, Royal Vale in N.D.G, McLearon in Pointe Aux Trembles, Nesbitt in Rosemount, and Our Lady of Pompei in Montreal North.

The purpose of the day is to teach children the fundamentals of the game in a fun, yet competitive environment. By dividing them into groups consisting of no more than two or three individuals from the same school, this helps enhance their socialization. The program also shows teachers that the game of basketball is easy and fun to teach.

"The teachers who bring their students are given a wealth of activities that they can use during their lessons," says Olga Hrycak, a physical education consultant for the EMSB who also coaches the Dawson College men’s basketball team. "We will also have McGill Physical Education students acting as animators, providing them with the opportunity to experience the teaching of a sport to young children in a very unique setting."

From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the students will be taught the skills of the game in a very natural setting. From 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. they will play five on five. All four gyms and courts in the Field House will be used. "What a beautiful sound to hear over 400 basketball being dribbled, all at the same time!" said Hrycak.

The event is organized jointly by the EMSB, the GMAA and McGill's Faculty of Physical Education and Athletic Department.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213